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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Tobias Rehberger ‘If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See  You Will Use Them To Cry’ RAM Shanghai Related Press Tobias Rehberger ‘If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See You Will Use Them To Cry’ RAM Shanghai Ran Dian : 2 May 2019

Have a butchers. It's Cockney Rhyming slang: 'butcher's hook' = have a look. Hung on RAM's façade is a neon sign melding the Chinese and English words for butcher. Inside is the butchery, a tiled black and white jagged-stripy Delicatessen counter with a generous array of cold cuts and jellied offal (Blackbird's Rockbund Art Museum Butcher Shop,...

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SCRIPTS, TRACES, AND THE UNPREDICTABLE Related Press SCRIPTS, TRACES, AND THE UNPREDICTABLE Art Asia Pacific : 1 March 2019

Alone on an islet of sand, cut off by the incoming tide, a small girl looks out to sea, her back to the viewer. This photograph by Tang Nannan, Unknown Beach No. 40 (2017), evokes the Chinese idiom wàngyáng xīngtàn. Literally meaning 'to sigh as one watches the ocean,' the phrase suggests that all ambitions and achievements are brought down to...

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND Related Press TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND ArtAsiaPacific : 29 January 2019

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland was Murakami's first solo show in mainland China and Perrotin's second exhibition in its posh 1,200-square-meter Shanghai space. According to Perrotin's press release, it was also the artist's largest gallery show in Asia to date, featuring recent and new works specially created for the occasion.At the gallery's...

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How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials Related Press How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials Frieze : 26 November 2018

I have always liked that Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas Day. Something about this feels exactly right. And, while the artist's birthday might seem a trivial detail, infrequently cited in scholarly discussions on her complex life, The Eternal Thread, her first large-scale museum exhibition in China, is nothing less than a gift – and a...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore Related Press Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore ArtReview Asia : 4 July 2018

Melati Suryodarmo's greatest asset is her Javanese dance- and butoh-trained body, the limits of which she explores in durational performances. The latter range from full-sprint displays of power (as in her best-known work, Exegie - Butter Dance, 2000, in which she dances and skids on blocks of butter), to periods of deep meditative surrender (in...

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I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO Related Press I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

For acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in China, hosted at ShanghArt Beijing, she offered a group of works that represent her two-pronged practice, which comprises photography and durational performance art—the latter being her key pursuit, and the main focus of the show.The exhibition...

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LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN Related Press LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

ShanghART's gallery at M50 is an awkward shape, on a mezzanine with a high celling, accessed via concrete stairs—there is nothing remotely homely about it. Under subdued lighting, Lin Shan's Living Room represented less a place than an uneasy atmosphere.

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Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Hauser & Wirth : 15 January 2018

Zhang Enli talks about his three-dimensional painting Colourful Tower, at Bridge 8, Shanghai, in November 2017. Influenced traditional Chinese brush painting, Zhang’s unique approach to abstraction explores the deceptively poetic aspects of everyday contemporary life.

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Ren Hang’s provocative photographs feature in Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section Related Press Ren Hang’s provocative photographs feature in Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section The Art Newspaper : 25 July 2017

Works by the late photographer Ren Hang are due to go on show at the Photofairs photography fair in Shanghai this autumn (7-10 September, Shanghai Exhibition Centre) in a show billed as the first major exhibition of the artist's work since his death in February. All 19 works, previously seen at the KWM Art Center in Beijing in the exhibition Beauty...

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SHA SHA SHA LIANG SHAOJI Related Press SHA SHA SHA LIANG SHAOJI ArtAsiaPacific : 1 June 2017

Silkworms are surprisingly noisy creatures. For proof, look no further than Liang Shaoji's Moon Garden (2015), a single-channel video work that captures the caterpillars' instinctive, relentless chomping of mulberry leaves and movement as they spin raw silk. Recorded by Liang as he lay on the floor to film the creatures, as if himself a silkworm,...

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'IMMERSIVE LIGHT': JAMES TURRELL Related Press 'IMMERSIVE LIGHT': JAMES TURRELL ArtAsiaPacific : 17 May 2017

Since the mid-1960s, James Turrell has devoted himself to an all-consuming exploration, articulation and understanding of a core component of our known universe: light. As one of the pioneering artists of Southern California's Light and Space movement, Turrell, for the past 50 years, has dramatically transformed spaces around the world along with...

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'Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence': young Chinese and international artists at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai Related Press 'Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence': young Chinese and international artists at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai Art Radar Journal : 13 April 2017

Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence is a group exhibition at Shanghai's Leo Xu Projects, a collaboration with Los Angeles-based David Kordansky gallery that mixes together both venues' roster of artists in a configuration that makes connections, suggesting the ways art can 'bear witness to an uncertain state of...

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KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS Related Press KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS Juxtapoz : 28 March 2017

Where the End Starts at Yuz Museum in Shanghai is the largest KAWS's exhibition in China, and also his first survey exhibition in Asia. Jointly organized by Yuz Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in close collaboration with the artist, KAWS: Where the End Starts features his key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and advertisement...

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Making sense of the abstract Related Press Making sense of the abstract China Daily : 1 March 2017

Dansaekhwa, a genre of monochromatic paintings from South Korea, will make its Chinese mainland debut in September.The show at Yuz Museum in Shanghai, featuring more than 70 works by different artists, including the elderly, is expected to draw collectors and lovers of art who share cultural similarities with Korean people. The artworks are...

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Gallerist-to-watch Lorraine Kiang Malingue on Hong Kong based Edouard Malingue Gallery Related Press Gallerist-to-watch Lorraine Kiang Malingue on Hong Kong based Edouard Malingue Gallery Art Radar Journal : 15 February 2017

Lorraine Kiang Malingue is the Gallery Director and Co-Founder of Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong. The gallery held its first exhibition in 2010, and has since exhibited a range of artists from French Fabien Mérelle to Indonesian video artists Tromarama and 82 year-old Korean artist Cho Yong-Ik. The gallery represents 23 artists, with...

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Digital Personalities Related Press Digital Personalities Aesthetica : 27 January 2017

With the rise of the social media, artificial intelligence, video games and the power of anonymity afforded by the Internet, the process of adopting a newly invented persona is a now a common part of everyday life and popular culture. After Us, from the K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai, and the New Museum, New York, examines the possibilities,...

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At the Shanghai Biennale, a Desire to Disrupt the Status Quo Related Press At the Shanghai Biennale, a Desire to Disrupt the Status Quo Hyperallergic : 25 January 2017

A gigantic metallic structure resembling a crashed airplane beckons from the second level of the vast Shanghai Power Station of Art that is host to the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale. Designed by the Chinese collective MouSen+MSG, the structure is titled The Great Chain of Being – Planet Trilogy (2016), and you can actually venture inside...

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'WHY NOT ASK AGAIN?': SHANGHAI BIENNALE ADDRESSES CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES, WITH SPECTACLE AND GRACE Related Press 'WHY NOT ASK AGAIN?': SHANGHAI BIENNALE ADDRESSES CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES, WITH SPECTACLE AND GRACE ARTNews : 22 January 2017

A case can be made that the Shanghai Biennale, widely regarded as a perfunctory affair, too disorganized and lackluster to justify its existence, now has the potential to intelligently introduce international contemporary art into a scene until recently dominated by Chinese art. And this year, that goal seems within reach, under the curatorial...

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'Prediction Laboratory': Chinese artist Sun Xun at Yuz Museum, Shanghai Related Press 'Prediction Laboratory': Chinese artist Sun Xun at Yuz Museum, Shanghai Art Radar Journal : 20 December 2016

Launched in November 2016 and curated by New York-based art critic and independent curator Barbara Pollack, Prediction Laboratory is a select space for investigation and experimentation.Born in 1980 in Fuxin in north-eastern China, Sun Xun is an eloquent champion for creative liberty, a visionary in the tradition of William Blake and Hieronymus...

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Overpop Related Press Overpop ArtAsiaPacific : 19 December 2016

With two years' worth of research and multiple studio visits by the Yuz Museum's founding director Budi Tek and his team, along with New York-based gallerist Jeffrey Deitch and Karen Smith, director of OCAT Xi'an contemporary art center in China—the exhibition Overpop developed into a cross-cultural exchange of artists who are seen as a new...

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10 Highlights from the Shanghai Biennale 2016 Related Press 10 Highlights from the Shanghai Biennale 2016 Art Radar Journal : 11 December 2016

In the two years since the last biennale, Shanghai has worked hard to consolidate its cultural position as an influential art hub in Asia – a place where contemporary art is important, relevant and available. For the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale, the choice of the the Delhi-based artist and curatorial group Raqs Media Collective,...

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Young sculptor confronts timeless themes Related Press Young sculptor confronts timeless themes Shanghai Daily : 8 December 2016

It’s rare to see a sculptor as young as Zheng Lu land a solo exhibition, let alone an exhibition at a venue like Long Art Museum, one of the top museums in the city.Born in 1978 in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, Zheng studied at Lunxun Art Academy in Shenyang, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des...

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Andy Warhol: Shadows Related Press Andy Warhol: Shadows ArtAsiaPacific : 7 December 2016

Featuring what is often touted as the worst if not the most enigmatic paintings of Andy Warhol’s late career, the highly anticipated exhibition Shadows is now on view at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, organized in collaboration with the Dia Art Foundation in New York. Having previously toured to five other major international venues,...

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11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, China Related Press 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, China Frieze : 6 December 2016

Halfway through my solitary first visit to the 11th Shanghai Biennale, I was reminded of Marguerite Duras’s script for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). In it, she refers to the ‘particular halo’ that colours every gesture in Hiroshima, giving it a ‘supplementary meaning’ beyond the literal. Curated by Raqs Media Collective...

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About Shanghai

Mainland China's most glamorous city lagged well behind Beijing during China's contemporary art boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Over the past decade, however, Shanghai has taken the lead, thanks in large part to the arrival of world-class museums from one end of the city to the other along the Huangpu River.

Each of Shanghai's museums has its own unique architecture adapted from a past life. There's the beautiful Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), for instance, housed in the former Royal Asiatic Society building, which was established in 1932. And then there's the public Power Station of Art, once a working power station (a fact given away by its name and towering chimney) and now home to the Shanghai Biennale.

Following the barges further upstream brings visitors to three museums established by private collectors: Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian's Long Museum, identified by the huge coal hoppers outside; Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek's Yuz Museum, housed in former aircraft hangars and specialising in jaw-dropping kinetic and large-scale pieces; and karaoke magnate Qiao Zhibing's newly established Tank Shanghai, located in repurposed fuel silos.

On the Bund proper, where early-20th-century architecture—including RAM's building—lends some old-world charm, are blue chip galleries such as Lisson Gallery, Perrotin, and Pearl Lam Galleries. The city's other leading commercial galleries, including ShanghART, MadeIn Gallery, AIKE, Edouard Malingue Gallery, and Arario Gallery are now clustered together in the West Bund.

The West Bund is also where mainland China's leading art fair, West Bund Art & Design, takes place each November. ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai are the city's other big fairs, both of which have helped cultivate an ambitious new generation of Chinese collectors at events that take place in the palatial Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

Among other art spaces worth seeking out are chi K11 art museum, a generously sized contemporary art space beneath art patron Adrian Cheng's K11 shopping mall; OCAT, which specialises in video and new media art in a space on Suzhou Creek; and four local galleries that continue to punch above their weight: M97, Art Labor, BANK Gallery, and am art space, all of which are located in Jing'an.

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